The Academy of Motion Pictures is reportedly so "gun shy" after that whole thing with Kevin Hart, they might skip a host completely.
Speaking to Variety, a "top comedy agent" says that AMPAS is "freaking out" without a host in place for the February 24 ceremony.
Variety reports the Academy is “gun shy about going with someone, anyone who might be too edgy," given what happened when Hart was asked to apologize for his homophobic tweets and instead stepped down from the gig.
Other "edgy" comedians might have some equally controversial tweets or stand-up material that would come under scrutiny, so that's out.
Among the options being considered are not having a single host, but instead, "a bunch of huge celebs, something 'SNL' style, and buzzy people" which would be similar to this year's Emmys, which was intro'd by a group including "Saturday Night Live" stars Kate McKinnon and Andy Samberg.
And then just a bunch or presenters with awkward patter, as usual?
There's precious little time to prep anything like the elaborate openings from past hosts Jimmy Kimmel or Billy Crystal, who were given several months (instead of about two) to get ready for the show.
The more times passes, the harder it'll be to line up a host. Good luck.
[Via IndieWire, Variety]